Conference Schedule 2020


Thursday, February 27, 2020

1:00 - 5:00 pm | PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt

AIP Certified Coach Pre-Conference Workshop (Open only to ’17-’19 alumni or Winter ’20 program students)

This pre-con is open only to ’17-’19 alumni or Winter ’20 program students. It is an in-depth workshop exclusively for AIP Certified Coach alumni or current 2020 students, exploring topics particularly relevant to those serving clients through implementation of the Autoimmune Protocol. Mickey Trescott and Angie Alt, co-founders of the AIP Certified Coach program will be sharing their long-term observations about AIP and sharing overviews and learnings from past and current AIP medical studies. Additionally, Mickey and Angie will each being sharing case studies on working with clients who have “high-stakes” autoimmune diagnoses, conducting a small group working session on an AIP case study, and offering an hour-long Q & A session.

Friday, February 28, 2020

7:30 - 8:00 am | MORNING MEDITATION

Jen Minnich, FNTP, MPA, will lead a 30-minute mediation.

7:00 - 8:00 am | YOGA

Join Mishabae Mahoney, Instructor NTA, LMT,FNTP, RYT for an all-levels yoga class. 

7:00 - 8:00 am | BREAKFAST - on your own

Visit the Hopcity Tavern and Market in the Hilton Lobby. Or take a short walk and explore the miriad of dining options downtown Portland has to offer. 

7:00 - 7:30 pm | EXHIBITOR HALL

Explore our curated selection of brands and companies who fit our paradigm. In the hall, you’ll discover new products and services for your life and business and connect with fellow members of the community.

8:55 - 9:25 am | WELCOME FROM THE NTA: Miriam Zacharias

Miriam Zacharias, CEO 

9:30 - 10:30 am | KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Shamini Jain, Ph.D

Energy to Thrive: How Mind-Body and Biofield Science put our Healing Back in our Hands

How does consciousness catalyze healing?  What does this science really say about how we can not only heal ourselves, but others? 

In this talk, Dr. Shamini Jain, President and CEO of the Consciousness and Healing Initiative, takes us on a journey through cutting-edge, published research psychoneuroimmunology, biofield science, and collective consciousness – to help us discover how science and spirituality are currently joining to help us truly discover the power of human healing potential.  Dr. Jain will also explore with the audience, through practical, fun exercises, how we can augment our own healing as well as the healing of others. No previous background is necessary to enjoy this talk. Come with an open mind and heart, and ready to enjoy experiencing your healing potential! 

Shamini Jain, Ph.D 


10:40 - 11:20am | MORNING BREAK
11:30 am - 12:30 pm | SPEAKER: Tara Hunkin

Enhance Positive Neuroplasticity through Mitochondrial Function

There is an epidemic of neurodevelopmental disorders that parents and children are struggling with currently. When we address cellular health not only do symptoms resolve but therapies that leverage positive neuroplasticity are more effective. This presentation will outline evidence of how mitochondrial dysfunction is evident in children with neurodevelopmental disorderssigns and symptoms of mitochondrial dysfunction in a childwhat the main causes of mitochondrial dysfunction are, how to test for mitochondrial dysfunction (functional tests and test physicians can order) and how to address mitochondrial dysfunction through food/nutrients and lifestyle interventions. 

Tara Hunkin, FNTP, Certified GAPS Practitioner, Restorative Wellness Practitioner


11:30 am - 12:30 pm | SPEAKER: Diane Sanfilippo

Identifying the Right Nutrition Career Path for You

One-on-one nutrition consulting has its limits, in income potential and in energy output ability. NTPs and NTCs needs to learn ways to monetize their credentials and education beyond and/or in addition to 1:1 coaching. Many NTPs/NTCs are burning out on the 1:1 model, and ultimately give up because they feel they want to help people but can’t “make it work,” but there are other ways! Self-auditing is critical in defining and deciding how to proceed in monetizing your education – not everyone is cut out for being a solopreneur, and there is nothing wrong with you if it isn’t for you, you have options. In this session, Diane will share: 

  • Self-assessment tools to help NTPs/NTCs learn their strengths and areas of “gold” – how their skills match with needs in the community/world at-large. 
  • Examples of ways to monetize a nutritional therapy career beyond a 1:1 practice. 
  • Insight into the impact of online censorship that is happening, and why connecting in real life is the absolute key to success and reaching more people. 

Diane Sanfilippo, Owner & Founder of Balanced Bites, 2x New York Times best-selling author

12:35 - 1:55 pm | LUNCH - on your own

Lunch on your own. Explore Portland’s deliciously eclectic downtown variety of food options. 

2:00 - 3:00 pm | SPEAKER: Kathryn Kos

Forties on Fire, Supporting Women to Thrive in Perimenopausal Years

When women hit their perimenopausal years, they experience hormonal changes and mood changes. Kathryn discusses ways in which we can support the emotional, spiritual, sexual, and physical needs of the perimenopausal female. She will talk about the importance of honoring changing moods, a grounded spiritual practice, movement, sexuality, play, and much more.

Kathryn Kos, M.Ed., NTP

2:00 - 3:00pm | SPEAKER: Victoria LaFont Jackson

Paradigm of Practice: Transforming the How of Healthcare

Paradigm of Practice is a systemized plan to change the culture of healthcare by addressing three specific categories ‒ our work and study as practitioners, our experience and role as clients/patients, and the information that is used to inform healthcare decisions.

Last year’s PoP break-out session focused on our work as practitioners. This year, Victoria will focus on the second category ‒ our experience and role as clients/patients, and our direct work with clients as FNTPs.

She will focus on the foundation of bio-individuality, as well as client autonomy, appropriate recommendations, and the importance of supporting clients toward trust of their innate wisdom. And, she will get practical. You will walk away with concrete solutions to positively shift your practice and client experience.

Victoria LaFont Jackson, BA, NTP, Candidate MS HNFM

3:05 - 3:55pm | AFTERNOON BREAK: Bonafide Provisions

Bonafide Provisions was founded by Sharon Brown, mom and clinical nutritionist who used bone broth as the cornerstone of her nutrition practice. 

4:00 - 5:00pm | KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Terry L. Wahls

The Many Faces of Ketogenic Living and Thriving 

This talk will review the three benefits of ketosis, IF, TRF, PF, the fasting mimicking diet types of the ketogenic diet (dairy, MCT, olive oil) and contraindications of ketosis. You will also learn to monitor ketogenic diets, respond to dyslipidemia and learn what ketogenic diet studies are being conducted.

 Terry L. Wahls, MD, IFMCP  

5:30 - 7:30pm | EXHIBITOR RECEPTION: Corner Post Meats

Corner Post Meats sells meat to folks who give a damn. The team is passionate about good land management and feeding their community. Join our “Meat and Greet” to connect with exhibitors and to enjoy nutritious food with the NTA community. 

Saturday, February 29, 2020 

7:30 - 8:00 am | MORNING MEDITATION

Jen Minnich, FNTP, MPA, will lead a 30-minute mediation. 

7:00 - 8:00 am | YOGA

Join Mishabae Mahoney, Instructor NTA, LMT,FNTP, RYT for an all-levels yoga class. 

7:00 am - 6:30 pm | EXHIBITOR HALL

Explore our curated selection of brands and companies who fit our paradigm. In the hall, you’ll discover new products and services for your life and business and connect with fellow members of the community.

7:00 - 8:00 am | BREAKFAST - on your own

Visit the Hopcity Tavern and Market in the Hilton Lobby. Or take a short walk and explore the miriad of dining options downtown Portland has to offer. 

8:30 - 9:30 am | KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Param Dedhia, MD

The Power of Sleep: The Secret to Health and Performance 

Just as nutrition and exercise are time-honored approaches to best health, sleep is a master key. Whether it be health or performance, sleep honors us on all levels. As sleep is as mystical as the night, we must define optimal sleep and its normal variations. Sleep challenges are common. So, we need to be aware of what can go bump in the night and what to do about it. Finally, we must know what it takes to get to sleep, stay asleep and wake up to live the life we want. Please wake up and join Param Dedhia, MD to learn about the power of sleep.   

Param Dedhia, MD

9:40 - 10:20 am | MORNING BREAK: Microbiome Labs

Down to the Roots: Pinpointing the Root Cause of SIBO

Though we are learning more and more about the underlying causes of SIBO, most treatments continue to focus on the relief of symptoms. But long-term use of broad-spectrum antimicrobials and restrictive diets can have damaging effects on the gut microbiome, thus creating a perpetual cycle of recurrent flares. Find out how you can address the most common cause of SIBO and help your patients regain their health for good.

After this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify the major underlying cause of SIBO
  • Explain why common SIBO treatments are often ineffective
  • Discuss dietary changes that can improve SIBO
  • Apply practical protocols that address the underlying cause of SIBO

Microbiome Labs was originally established as Physicians Exclusive in 2013 as an organization focused on providing probiotic bacteriotherapy. Since then, Microbiome Labs has made it a goal to provide integrative solutions and clinical research data to address indications that stem from digestive and immune health issues.

10:30 - 11:30 am | PANEL: Four Nutritional Templates that all NTPs should Know

Our panelists include:

10:30 - 11:30 am | SPEAKER: Dr. Kelly J. Blodgett and Mara Zander

Holistic Dentistry: The Key to Thriving Health 

Optimal health starts in the mouth.  Unfortunately, this area of the body has been treated like a “second-rate citizen” in healthcare.  Toxic substances such as mercury, fluoride, palladium, bismuth and others have been used in the mouth and the general public told that they are safe.  Additionally, common chronic illnesses such as periodontal disease and periapical infection from root canals are considered “normal”.  All of these things cause chronic oxidative stress on the body which leads to breakdown of the human system.  Discover how attaining and maintaining optimal oral health is the key to complete health and helping our patients to thrive! 

Dr. Kelly Blodgett and Mara Zander, RDH, HHP

11:35 am - 12:25 pm | BREAK: Wise Women Herbals

Herbs for Nutritionists 101

Join naturopathic doctor and herbalist Glen Nagel for an entertaining talk and demonstration on how to use herbs in a nutritional practice. Dr. Nagel will discuss herbal basics such as herbal forms, methods of delivery. He will go over the herbal organoleptic process, which is important for nutritionists. He will also demonstrate how herbal tinctures are made and how to dose liquid herbal tinctures. Join us for a fun hour of herbal magic!

The mission of Wise Woman Herbals is to provide a gentle and natural way for improving people’s quality of life by offering superior quality botanical supplements; resulting in a healthier, more balanced and sustainable world.

12:30 - 1:30 pm | PANEL: Clinical Pearls

Clinical Pearls Panel: NTA Instructors case study reviews, approach and wisdom

Do you ever feel stuck or overwhelmed when working with complicated clients? Join our NTA Instructors as they work through complicated client case studies and discover clinical pearls and strategies to give you confidence when dealing with similar clients. Various approaches, recommendations,  and pitfalls will be introduced through three different client profiles. Topics include- keto and other therapeutic diet strategies, microbial balancing and eradication considerations, adrenal and thyroid issues, lifestyle components, and how to reduce overwhelm (for you and clients) when creating recommendations. 

Our panelists include NTA instructors:

12:30 - 1:30 pm | SPEAKER: Nicole Hodson and Laura Waldo

Q&A with NANP, Laura Waldo and Nicole Hodson, NC, BCHN®

How We Thrive as a Profession – credentials, scope of practice and legislative affairs conversation with Nicole Hodson and Laura Waldo of NANP. In this session, Nicole and Laura will answer pressing questions and host a group dialogue about the state of the holistic nutrition industry. During this session you will learn how the following impact your right to practice:

  • The current state of legislation around NTP scope of practice
  • The definition for and importance of practicing within your scope
  • How board certification supports the industry as a whole
  • The impact you can make by becoming active on a local level
  • What NANP’s legislative affairs division has to offer

Laura Waldo, NTP and Nicole Hodson, NTP

1:35 - 2:55 pm | LUNCH - on your own

Explore Portland’s deliciously eclectic downtown variety of food options

3:00 - 4:00 pm | SPEAKER: Katie Norris

Nutrition for Dementia

Diet and lifestyle interventions are extremely beneficial to help people with dementia live well. However, coaching people with dementia can be challenging due to the differences in their brain function and the fact that we are usually also coaching their primary care partners. Discover how to effectively coach and communicate with people with dementia by knowing the basics of dementia, and how to set up an environment that supports their ability to function. Learn how to coach care partners, understand their unique situation, and help them support their loved one so that they can reduce conflict and increase joy. We will also cover some of the basics of the diet and lifestyle interventions that support people with dementia.  

Rev. Katie Norris, PHC, TRS-C 

3:00 - 4:00 pm | SPEAKER: Anne Fischer Silva and Margaret Floyd Barry

Thrive in Your Practice: Strategies For Success

Is it possible to thrive in private practice? Absolutely! Anne and Margaret will show you how, with real life examples and practical strategies for creating abundance, deeper satisfaction, closer interpersonal connections, and how to be a living example of what’s possible for our clientsThere’s a process to this – thriving doesn’t “happen” by accident. It is intentionally created and fostered in all aspects of one’s life. We’ll show you how.  

Restorative Wellness Solutions, Founders, Anne Fischer Silva, RWS, NTP, and Margaret Floyd Barry, RWS, NTP, CGP

4:20 - 5:20 pm | KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Anna Marie Cabeca

Keeping Balance with the Keto-Green Way

As we age our hormones are shifting and that requires a shift in our behavior, nutrition and lifestyle. I have found the ideal shift to make is to get alkaline and into ketosis. I call this my Keto-Green way, and this way the transition associated with aging leads us to an inspired, passionate and thriving life while decreasing the risks of dementia, Alzheimer’s, diabeties, cardiovascular disease and the decline in relationship and sexual health that so many people suffer.

Dr. Anna Marie Cabeca

5:30 - 6:30 pm | EXHIBITOR RECEPTION
6:30 - 10:30pm AWARDS BANQUET

An NTA evening of fellowship. 

Thriving in the Future with Passion, Purpose and Vision 

Announcements by: Gray Graham, Founder of NTA 

Sunday, March 1, 2020

7:30 - 8:00 am | MORNING MEDITATION

Jen Minnich, FNTP, MPA, will lead a 30-minute mediation. 

7:00 am - 2:30 pm | EXHIBITOR HALL

Explore our curated selection of brands and companies who fit our paradigm. In the hall, you’ll discover new products and services for your life and business and connect with fellow members of the community.

9:00 - 10:00 am | KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Tosca Reno

The Science of Bouncing Back: Survive and Thrive in the Wellness Industry

Tosca Reno takes the stage delivering a powerful personal story.  She shares her transformation, overcoming domestic abuse, depression and obesity. Through her rugged and deep experiences, she lifted herself up to become a globally recognized wellness expert and influencer. Originator of the Eat Clean Revolution, author of multiple New York Times and International bestselling books, Tosca will share how challenge has delivered the greatest lessons of her life, lessons that have shaped the foundation of her second wellness revolution.  Tosca’s story encompasses multiple lessons that are sure to drive your own journey to success.  She offers insight as to how to use your personal story to frame your work, reveal how loss is powerful teaching agent and share how you, the NTP, plays a critical role in the cascade of wellness experiences your clients need to thrive.

Tosca Reno, NTP 

10:05 - 10:35 am | MORNING BREAK
10:45 am - 12:15 pm | ROUNDTABLE: Accelerate Your Business

During our new Roundtable Discussions, we will present topics to help accelerate your business. Successful business owners will answer YOUR questions and you will walk away with specific ideas and strategies to transform your work. Every table will have 2-3 business owners to offer a variety of perspective and one moderated leader to focus the discussion. This session will provide various business themes for you to choose what you’d like to learn.  You will have a chance to visit three tables total during this 1.5 hour roundtable session. Some themes include: book publishing, partnering with doctors, creating online programs, content marketing and acquiring clients.

Jessica Pantermuehl, FNTP, CHHC and Kariman Pierce, FNTP, CGP, RWP, will moderate. 

12:20 - 1:00 pm | LUNCH - on your own
1:05 - 2:05 pm | SPEAKER: Donna Shields

Cannabis Is So In Your Wheelhouse

Looking for a career shift in an unprecedented industry that leverages your nutrition expertise? That would be the cannabis space. If you’ve been pondering this explosive area of healthcare, get straight answers from those already pioneering this frontier. Gain confidence by learning how health professionals are successfully transitioning their skills into medical cannabis and the hemp extract (CBD) categories. Come away from this session understanding the roadmap to get from A to Cannabis in a myriad of new career opportunities.

Donna Shields, MS, RDN

1:05 - 2:05 pm | SPEAKER : Tammera Karr

Traditional Diets: Beyond the Paleolithic Model  

Do we really understand what paleolithic peoples ate? How could cultures have prospered on grains, dairy and other foods we have challenges with today? The role of food preparation and cooking didn’t come about by chance. The answers are multifaceted and not always what we expect.   

In order to understand the answers to these questions we have to look at science, environment, economics and history. What has changed, when and why. Not every client thrives on a grain free or keto model. The door is opening to Bio-Individual approaches that embrace cultural diets while restoring health. 

Tammera J. Karr, PhD, BCHN, CNW, CGP 

2:15 - 2:30 pm | AFTERNOON BREAK: Bonafide Provisions

Bonafide Provisions was founded by Sharon Brown, mom and clinical nutritionist who used bone broth as the cornerstone of her nutrition practice. 

2:35 - 4:00 pm | KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Deanna Minich

How to Harness the Spectrum of Energy for Vitality: From the Metabolism of Mitochondria to the Subtle Art of Frequency

This presentation will cover how you can back your energy and thrive in your optimum state by focusing on:

  1. Physical: Nutrients for helping the mitochondria burn brightly and energize the digestive tract
  2. Emotional: Moving emotions through in easy, everyday ways
  3. Mental: Establishing balance and rhythm; finding the fulcrum between doing and being
  4. Spiritual: Tuning into one’s “‘vibe’ and connecting to purpose”

Deanna Minich, MS, PhD, FACN, CNS, IFMCP

4:00 - 4:30 pm | GOODBYE FROM THE NTA

Miriam Zacharias, CEO and Matt Smith, Director of Academics 

The schedule is subject to change. The NTA reserves the right to change the schedule at any time